Cold snap sends temperatures below zero

The mercury fell below zero in many parts of eastern Australia on Sunday after cold winds rose from the Southern Ocean.

Winter has started early across the country as Australians shivered into a chilly Sunday morning, with below average temperatures in most of NSW, northern Victoria and southern Queensland.

The mercury fell to -5.4C in the nation’s capital early in the morning, while Sydney and Melbourne’s early temperatures were in the single digits.

In Perisher it was -9.5C, while across NSW many regional towns dropped below zero including Glen Innes, Tamworth, Dubbo, Parkes, Griffith, Cobar, Wagga Wagga, Mudgee and Bathurst.

In Victoria, Mount Hotham was at -6C, Rutherglen fell to -3.5C and it was 0C in Bendigo.

Further north near the NSW-Queensland border, temperatures dropped to -0.5C in the town of Applethorpe.

It comes after 10cm of snow fell on the Snowy Mountains in NSW on Saturday, dusting ski fields such as Perisher with powder about a month earlier than expected.

Much of the nation has been experiencing its coldest days so far this year over the weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology Dean Narramore said it was between four and eight degrees colder than the May average in NSW, northern Victoria and southern, inland Queensland on Sunday.

Mr Narramore said no records were broken but weather in the eastern states was cold after a high pressure system let heat escape.

Meteorologists say the brisk conditions originated from a wintry air mass spreading up from the Southern Ocean, bringing chilly weather with it.


The Harbour City is predicted to hit a top of 19C but remain sunny with a wind of about 24km/h.

It was 8.3C at 8am but felt significantly colder due to the wind chill factor.

It will be sunny and clear on Sunday.


Victoria’s capital was also below 10C early on Sunday with temperatures sitting at 9.4C at 8am.

The city is predicted to hit 16C, a bit higher than the 13C Melbourne reached on Saturday in its coldest day of the year.

Steady winds and rain are predicted throughout the day.


Frost blanketed the nation’s capital as temperatures went into negative digits on Sunday morning, with a top of just 12C expected throughout the day.

It fell to below -5C on Sunday.


It will be sunny and about 21C in the Queensland capital on Sunday with the northern state missing the worst of the cold temperatures.

Brisbane sat at about 14.6C at 8am but felt significantly colder.

There is no real chance of rain in the city on Sunday.


The city will hit a maximum of 17C with possible showers.

Winds of up to 20km/h will breeze through the suburbs before becoming lighter in the evening.


The western capital will be partly cloudy with north-easterly winds coming through at up to 25km/h.

Temperatures will be much higher than most of the country, with a predicted high of 27C.


It was already 23C in the morning in the Northern Territory’s capital with a maximum of 33C expected to hit later in the day.

There is no chance of rain but steady winds of 15 to 25km/h are scheduled before easing later in the afternoon.


It will be a chilly day in Tasmania too with a maximum of 14C expected in Hobart.

Temperatures are predicted to reach no higher than 3C at Mount Wellington.

In Hobart it will be cloudy with a 70 per cent chance of rain.

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